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WFCQ 2015 AOFC Team Presentations: AUS, JPN, SIN, NZL – 21.01.2015

Four teams will play in the Women´s World Floorball Championships Asia Oceania Qualification group. The AOFC qualification is played in the Cardinia Life Arena, Pakenham, Australia, 23rd - 25th January 2015.

The three best teams from the AOFC qualification group will qualify to the WFC 2015 Final Round.

Tight matches are to be expected in this qualification group. Australia has the highest current ranking (12th) ahead of Japan (15th) and Singapore (20th). New Zealand is participating in their first ever Women´s WFC.

Visit the IFF WFCQ AOFC website! Due to internet server issues at the arena, livestreaming of matches will not be available. Full match replays will be uploaded to IFF YouTube Channel 1 as soon as possible after each game is completed.

WFCQ 2015 AOFC Team presentations

Australia
A team that are in a generation shift, but have a good combination of experienced players with young upcoming players that will be a dangerous team to look out for. The goal is to play an attractive attacking floorball. We play as one team, one nation with one mission - to finish top of the group and enter the big stage with top world countries in floorball for WFC 2015 in Finland.
Players to watch:
Jill Roberts: Played for the national team a number of times and definitely shows her experience with great techniques, shooting, passes, eye for the game and great leadership both off and on court to help the team.
Jayne Aitken: Fast aggressive goalie, with fast reactions and movements who also goes out from the line and use the whole box to put pressure on the opponent. Reads the game really well, good to control and help defenders and team.
Phoebe Hamilton: A young promising upcoming star with many potentials in floorball. Has great speed, good technique, dangerous shots and great game reading to be a danger for the defending team.


#11 J. Roberts

#81 J. Atiken

#44 P. Hamilton

Japan
Within the last two years, a lot of experienced good players have retired from national team. And furthermore not all players can participate in this WFCQ. But every time the team plays, they enjoy the high level international floorball games with our whole heart, which is essential for the team. Japan will concentrate on every match and try to do their very best with great sportsmanship.
Players to watch:
Yui Takahashi: She has already played in five World Floorball Championships. Yui is very small, but her physical working capacity and fighting spirit is great.
Yui Goto: She is the youngest player of the team. Her potential for becoming an international level floorball player as well ask her physical working capacity are great.
Keiko Ida: She is very important for the team as the team captain. She is also the most experienced, clever and cheerful player of the team. Keiko has already played in seven World Floorball Championships


#10 Y. Takahashi

#3 Y. Goto

#4 K. Ida

Singapore
The team comprises of a fair mixture of young and experienced players. However, most of the players are exposed for the first time to international matches. The team aims for a top two finishing.
Players to watch
Yeo Xuan: The youngest player in the team but dares to take up opponents bigger and more experience than her.
Jill Quek Chwee Ping: The most experienced and decorated player in the team. Will be a motivating factor for the young players in the team.
Nur Harilyn Mohd Tahir: A regular in the previous editions of international competition and has always been improving on court.


#3 Y. Xuan

#9 J. Quek

#13 N.M Mohd Tahir


New Zealand
This is the first time that New Zealand will have a Women’s National team and marks a significant
milestone in the development of floorball in New Zealand. The team provides a good mix of experienced and young up and coming players. The aim is to gain experience on the international stage and challenge the other nations for a qualifying spot for Finland.
Players to watch:
Anita Jones: She is a strong defender with good overview who can slow down the game when required but equally set up fast attacks.
Maria Hegarty: She has developed into a reliable goalie very quickly and her quick reflexes and calm nature provides solid backing for the team.
Sophie Scott: A young forward with good speed and drive towards the goal. She is a role model for a lot of the up and coming players and is excited to make her debut on the international stage.


#11 A. Jones

#1 M. Hegarty

#7 S. Scott


Qualification system

In 2015, there will be five regional qualification events to determine the participants of the 10th Women´s WFC 2015. All registered teams, apart from the organiser, must participate in the qualifications. In each qualification group the teams play each other once, except for the Americas where they play twice.

In Asia-Oceania there is one qualification group and teams will qualify for the Women´s WFC 2015 according to the following:

i) The three best teams from the qualification group will qualify.

ii) The calculation of the best teams will follow this order: 1. Average number of points 2. Average goal difference 3. Average scored goals 4. Lottery drawing. *